The Zodiac Killer

Jolie Nguyen

The Zodiac Killer was one of the most important criminal cases in history. This started back in the late 1600s and was held responsible for 5 deaths in Northern Califronia from 1968 to 1969. He was never caught during this and the police have been trying to catch him but he has never been caught once. He began writing letters to police and the media about the killings up until 1974. 

He killed as many as 37 people and delivered more letters in code and included physical evidence of bloody clothing to use as proof. He taunted jurisdiction with cryptic letters written in cipher. Although this would give the police a big hint about the Zodiac Killer, they couldn’t find any data or fingerprints of who the killer would be. 

The police investigated multiple possible suspects for decades. The reason why the Zodiac Killer killed people because he had fun killing people and he states that in one of his letters. The Case Breakers have identified the killer as Gary Francis Post, who died in 2018, which was more than 50 years ago but they never figured out his identity. He has been linked to five murders in 1968 and 1969 in a San Francisco area by the FBI. Gary Francis Poste was the leading suspect in 10 serial murders which was in between 1962 and 1970 by connecting the physical and forensic evidence, along with interviewing witnesses what they saw at the scene. 

 The Zodiac Killer had a certain method that he used. He would send letters to the police and provide evidence to them. As more forensic evidence was sent, the Case Breakers investigated more and identified the killer as Gary Francis Poste, who died in 2018. The five murders were linked by the FBI in 1968 and 1969 in the San Francisco area. 

Photos from Poste’s darkroom show scars on the Zodiac Killer’s forehead that matched the scars on a sketch of the Zodiac that was given to identify the killer. Poste resembled the sketch of the killer a lot, including the scars that were on his forehead. 

The Case Breakers assume that Post was responsible for the death of Cheri Jo Bates on Halloween night, in Riverside County, California. The problem about this is that they never linked that case to the Zodiac. 

Last year, the Zodiac case was brought back after code-breakers decoded a message from the Zodiac Killer, sent to the San Francisco Chronicle when they were still investigating the Zodiac Killer. It read, “I hope you are having lots of fun in trying to catch me.” 


Zodiac Killer